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Era Extraña

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Neon Indian is Alan Palomo, the Mexican-born, Texas-raised, brilliantly lucid 21-year-old synth-wizard who learned his production chops as part of Ghosthunter and honed them in VEGA. In October 2009 Neon Indian released his critically acclaimed and heralded debut album, Psychic Chasms, nearly anonymously and drew wild speculation for months. As Neon Indian, Palomo has made an art of leaving out the details and letting the world draw its own conclusions.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heart : Attack
  2. Polish Girl
  3. The Blindside Kiss
  4. Hex Girlfriend
  5. Heart : Decay
  6. Fallout
  7. Era Extraña
  8. Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)
  9. Future Sick
  10. Suns Irrupt
  11. Heart : Release
  12. Arcade Blues (Single)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MOM & POP MUSIC
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B005E7ANU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really had no idea what to expect in Era Extrana, coming off of Psychic Chasms. I love that album, it's messy and yet completely put together.

Era Extrana is very different, but it has grown on me since I first got it. I reserve the 'listen to the entire album a few times' thing for few artists, and Neon Indian is one of them. The first few goes around the songs blend together without any real instant connections, but soon they worm their way into your mind and you find yourself looking for them.

First off, it's definitely less Chillwave. Still very electronic, but it seems put together very differently. Psychic Chasms is very driven by the instrumentals, with the vocals more a part of the background than as the bones of the song. You could take out the vocals and not notice, which I think is why it's so beautiful. Era Extrana doesn't have as much as that laid back lift that defines chillwave, the song structure is more similar to what you normally see in songs. Still, Palomo makes it his own. There is one song that sounds to me like it could have been on Psychic Chasms, which is Heart_Decay, in that it is lyrical and storylike without any discernable words.

So here's a song by song breakdown.

Heart_Attack (:57) - Intro. Some escalading synth that leads nicely into...

Polish Girl (4:24) - A single off the album, very electropop. The song flows nicely, but feels veeeery different. What I liked about Psychic Chasms was that each song had a very distinct arc, and would change as they played on. They each ended very distinctly, a nice coda to the music. Each song seemed like it could be about more than just what it was.
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I initially bought Era Extrana by Neon Indian because online I caught a whiff of Polish Girl. A song I found distinctly refreshing for Electronica music. Reminded me sort of New Order but more modernized and OK a smidge one of a kind. After buying on CD and listening through, I have to say out of the 12 total songs this album has 5 songs worthy of attention.

Those are Polish Girl, Era Extrana, Halogen (I Could be a Shadow), Future Sick, and some other unnamed song that must mention did not appear on the music booklet. Lovely album art by Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell and the Focus Creeps.

Update: After checking the back of the CD album I noticed that the songs I thought were extras weren't really extras. Just confusingly labeled on the booklet. So 6 total songs worthy of attention and they are: Polish Girl, The Blindside Kiss, Era Extrana, Halogen (I Could be a Shadow), Future Sick, and Heart: Release.

Important: While originally my conclusion had been that Era Extraña was a very good album because the album only had a few worthwhile songs, this proved to be changeable.

While would think some of the songs that weren't standouts would remain like that, it turns out after various more listens they develop into something worthwhile. Making this more than a very good album. It is spectacular even though it doesn't have long longevity it still does age well. In other words, one could occasionally come back to it every once and a while.
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By Shoe Gazer on September 22, 2011
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This is the follow up to "Psychic Chasms". Neon Indian has taken what they did with that album and took it to the next level. All the things that made the first album great are on display hear but sound much more mature. layered melodies? check. Catchy synth hooks? check. Innovative old school drum machine beats? check. The production on this album is amazing considering how many layers are going on simultaneously. If you a fan of the fist album you should like this one.
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By amp on January 20, 2014
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I heard the album at work then I went home and bought it. I really enjoyed it and I never buy music until I bought this album the other day. Some people say it has a LO FI sound but I think that was the sound he was trying to accomplish, they also say the mixing isnt great but I loved it. Its not your common sound or common artist for that matter but I do appreciate music and appreciate this album.
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Neon Indian resides somewhere between M83 and Jesus and Mary Chain in a sonic dreamscape I didn't know existed. Watery synths drench shoegaze aesthetic. Not for everyone but perfect for those it is for.
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Let me state upfront that I am a big fan of Neon Indian from the first hour, when the internet-buzz started building in '09. When "Psychic Chasms" was released in late '09, it immediately felt like an instant classic to me, as messy, dare I say primitive as the sound of the album was at times. The '09 release was a bare-bones release, truly just the CD with no packaging to speak of. The album was reissued in the Fall of '10 in a "deluxe" edition, with much upgraded packaging, and a bunch of remixes to boot. I listened to "Psychic Chasms" more than any other album in 2010. After relentless touring (more on that later), now comes the second album, one of the most anticipated albums of the year to me.

"Era Extrana" (12 tracks; 42 min.) structurally is very similar to "Psychic Chasms", starting with a short instumental "Heart: Attack" (the first of several "Heart"-themed instrumental interludes), and then delving into "Polish Girl" (1st single), which is good but not great. It is followed by "The Blindside Kiss", quite a departure from earlier sounds (and reminding me for some reason of the Raveonettes, of all things). As was the case on "Psychic Chasms", the album really blossoms on the second half, starting with "Halogen (I Could Be a Shadow)". but really exploding with irresitable tracks "Future Sick" and then "Suns Irrupt", both of which are the best tracks on here. The album concludes with an equally great "Arcade Blues (Single)", which is not really a single (not yet, anyway).

I was quite surprised to read in the lines notes that this album is again a complete Adam Palomo solo-recording. I had the good fortune of catching Neon Indian live at their first gig ever, in September '09 at the Monolith music festival (at the Red Rocks, near Denver).
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